Walking through the buildings and grounds of Historic Smithfield Plantation is a walk into Montgomery County and Blacksburg’s history. Constructed in 1774 and situated at the western edge of Virginia Tech’s campus, Smithfield served as the family home of Colonel William Preston. In 1776, Montgomery County was formed from Fincastle County and declared independence from Great Britain. Colonel Preston was appointed County Lieutenant and held the authority over the affairs of Montgomery County. Virginia Tech evolved from an institute started by the Preston family.
History buffs will love the costumed interpreters who relate the experience of plantation life for a colonial leader and his family in the 18th century. Bring the family to watch demonstrations on blacksmithing, weaving, and more. Go to town and relive the history of Montgomery County!